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Running head: VOTING: SHOULD EX-FELONS BE ALLOWED TO VOTE 1 Voting: Should Ex-Felons Be Allowed to Vote Catherine Beach English/200 January 14,2019 William Lehman
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VOTING: SHOULD EX-FELONS BE ALLOWED TO VOTE 2 Voting: Should Ex-Felons Be Allowed to Vote Millions of ex-felons have served their time and have become law abiding citizens and yes, their vote counts. Today ex-felons are continuously being held hostage to their past and not allowed to vote. Ex- felons who have come out of jails and prisons should have that right to have their voices heard in the voting process and not be silenced as though they are no longer a part of society. During the mid-term elections in November 2018 the state of Florida put on their ballot an amendment to restore the voting rights of ex-felons in the state of Florida. On that night with almost all precincts reporting, the amendment passed with 64% percent in favor and 36% opposed (Taylor, A.2018). This was truly a milestone in the right direction of giving ex-felons some type of hope that their vote matters and not their background any longer. It has given a sense of that their vote is just as valuable as the person who has not been convicted of a crime. The laws to restoring voting rights to ex-felons vary from state to state. Most states will have ex-felons pay all court cost, fines and restitution before applying to have their voting rights restored. In an article that I read it states that too often, felon voting is seen as a partisan issue. In state legislature, it is usually Democrats who try to restore voting rights, and the republicans who resist (“Felons and the Right to Vote,”2004). Each party will always have their opinion on restoring voting rights to ex -felons, yet each felon should be judged according to their life and how they have made changes in their life to regain their voting status as law abiding citizens.
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